5 years ago 

• The annual Seneca FFA labor auction will be held Saturday, April 14, at 6 p.m. at the Seneca HIgh School gymnasium. Like last year, business owners and members of the community will be able to “bid” on about 40 FFA students to perform a variety of odd jobs. “If someone can’t make it to the auction but they want to bid, all they have to do is send us the amount they want to spend and we’ll buy them a kid,” said Angel Roller, Seneca FFA Chapter advisor. “Plus, we’ll need to know what kind of labor they have in mind.”

• A Missouri House of Representatives committee is discussing a bill that would allow advertisements to be placed on school buses. Advertising that contains obscenity, gambling, political campaigns, or sexual material would be prohibited. The bill would also prohibit advertisements that promote the use of drugs, illegal activity, or antisocial behavior.

• High water from the recent rains has caused the construction on Lost Creek Bridge to be stopped. “The bridge construction will start back up as soon as the water recedes back to its pre-existing levels,” said Marvin Morris, project manager for MoDOT.

10 years ago

• “The centerpiece of our exhibits is the traveling wall, which is a replica of the Vietnam Veteran’s wall in Washington, D.C., but this is not just about the Vietnam war!” said retired Special Forces Lt. Colonel Don Allen. Allen is one of several men who will be accompanying the “Cost of Freedom” exhibit to Seneca. It will be on display at the Eastern Shawnee Tribal Grounds 24 hours a day, from 1 p.m. Thursday, March 28, until 5 p.m. Sunday, April 1.

• The open meeting portion of the Seneca R-7 School Board meeting Thursday evening, March 22, lasted only about an hour. The board moved swiftly through agenda items.

• The Seneca Police Department is making arrangements and preparing for a large crowd of people in town during the time that the “Cost of Freedom Tribute Memorial Wall” is on display at the Eastern Shawnee Tribal Grounds this week.

15 years ago

• The Organized Rural Special Road Districts, who hope to form a co-op, met Wednesday evening at the Seneca Special Road District Road Barn. After a brief discussion it was agreed by those present to hire Bill Destefano as the co-op’s interim manager for a six-month period. At the end of the six months the newly-elected board of directors will conduct a review and determine if applications will be sought or if Destefano will be re-hired.

• It was reported last week that for the first time, the Seneca Police Department was scheduled to be one of the award recipients at the MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) annual banquet. The local police department has had officers in the past who received the MADD award, including former officer Kenneth Arment, who was recognized by MADD in 1991 with an award and again with certificates in 1992 and 1993.

20 years ago

• The Crowder College Friends of the Library is sending out a plea for used books for its annual book sale to be held April 7-8 at the college.

• To get where you’re going in Missouri you need a good map, and that’s what the Missouri Department of Transportation has for you. The new and improved 1997-98 official state highway map is available free of charge. Keith Hassler, mapping and drafting supervisor in the department’s Jefferson City General Services Division, said, “We’ve made a lot of improvements to the map and we hope our customers find the map useful.”

• Secretary of State Rebecca Cook is seeking passage of legislation to give her office authority to investigate possible violations of Missouri’s elections laws. Under current law, the office has no investigative authority and is even prohibited form having employees visit polling places.

30 years ago

• Bill Neal, coach at Richland College in Dallas, will be the instructor again this year at the Seneca Wrestling Camp scheduled July 6-10 in the Seneca High School gymnasium.

• Gov. John Ashcroft recently uncoiled a plan to provide a coordinated response to the problem of drug and alcohol abuse in Missouri.

40 years ago

• Three students from Seneca are among 2,842 full-time students enrolled for the spring trimester at Oklahoma State Tech, Okmulgee, Okla. Tech, the residential, technical branch of Oklahoma State University, is the largest college of its type in the nation. Students may select a career area from 43 programs of studies offered.

• Seneca High School will host the First Annual Big 13 Conference Art Invitational Contest on Saturday, April 23, according to Larry Banks, art instructor at SHS. Schools entered to date include Monett, Cassville, and Vernon, Nevada and Seneca. Registration forms for the event must be returned by April 16.

• The Lost Creek CB Club will hold its regular meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at city hall. All members are urged to attend.

50 years ago

• An assembly will be held Monday evening, April 3, at the Seneca High School gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. The program will consist of a series of activities from the speech and drama classes, girls physical education, and music department, according to Ron Barton, high school principal.

• Preston Reynolds, 55, of San Jose, Calif., a former resident of Seneca, died at 10:45 p.m. Saturday night, March 25, in the veterans administration hospital in Muskogee, Okla. He had been in ill health for the past year.

• Leota Hardesty, of Neosho, spoke Wednesday, March 22, to the Journalism I class at Seneca High School. She discussed her career in writing and journalism. Hardesty is employed by the Joplin Globe in Joplin.

(compiled by MyraGale Sexton)


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